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South Arkansas is the greater area in Arkansas that encompasses the lower 15 counties of the state, with Union County being the most predominate. In the 1920s, nationwide attention focused on South Arkansas when the Smackover field was ranked first among the nation's oil fields. For five months in 1925, the 40-square-mile Smackover field was the focal point of one of the wildest mineral booms in North America. Today, south Arkansas's oil fields produce petroleum throughout a 10-county area.

Columbia and Union counties also stretch over one of the largest brine reserves in the world. Bromine is derived from brine, or saltwater, and local companies play an international role in the commercialization of bromine and its many applications.

 

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News from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

APPOINTMENTS: Hutchinson names 40 to state boards, commissions, judicial seats

 

The GateHouse Media-owned Arkansas News Bureau, based in North Little Rock, is no more after the company laid off its only remaining reporter last week.

 

A roller coaster at an Arkansas theme park stopped running for almost an hour Monday afternoon.

 

LITTLE ROCK ? A prosecutor says he plans to charge a man accused of crashing his vehicle into a Ten Commandments monument outside the Arkansas Capitol with first-degree criminal mischief.

 

Two people were shot Monday afternoon in Little Rock, police say.

 

FORT SMITH ? Officials in a western Arkansas city are finalizing events for the town's 200th anniversary next year.

 

Arkansas authorities say a boy drowned while fishing with his family over the weekend.

 

A robber took beer to a Little Rock grocery store's counter, pointed a gun at a woman behind it and told her to empty the cash register, police say.

 

Fayetteville police have identified the second man hurt in a shooting early Sunday that also injured a former Razorback football player.

 

An Arkansas man was arrested after he sideswiped a police unit at the scene of an accident and admitted he was drunk early Monday, police said.

 
 

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